New determination of the mass of Pallas
Aartselaarstraat 14, 2660 Hoboken, Belgium
Accepted: 6 October 2000
Until very recently, the mass of minor planet 2 Pallas had been determined from its gravitational effects on only 1 Ceres and the planet Mars. An independent confirmation was therefore highly desirable. This paper presents individual mass determinations based on close encounters with 16 other minor planets, as well as a simultaneous solution using all objects. The resulting value for the mass of Pallas, , essentially confirms the result from Ceres alone.
Key words: astrometry / minor planets, asteroids / planets and satellites: individual: 2 Pallas
© ESO, 2001